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I love to think of nature
as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour,
if we will only tune in.

~George Washington Carver

Friday, October 30, 2009

Get Sketchy #11 and Paper Cutz #14

 Okay, first of all, I cannot believe I have posted at least one card every night this week!  That is an all time record for me.  That might tell you that I haven't done much else this week!  LOL!  Oh well, it has been a slow week.  My son who is on crutches doesn't need surgery, just physical therapy.  And so since he has still been on crutches, it's been school and home basically.  School is out tomorrow and my hubby is off work tomorrow through Sunday.  Yea!  A 3 day weekend for all of us!  Maybe we will get some things done around the house or maybe I will just get more cards done as I am still behind and clearly now on a roll!

Here are cards I have made for some Thursday challenges --- Get Sketchy and Paper Cutz

Witching You a Happy Halloween

Originally I was going to use a witch hat stamp for this card along with the broom, but found it was too much with incorporating buttons also.  So, the witch's hat will go on another card.  I had a lot of fun making this card.  The orange paper I made with Versamark and burnt orange cardstock.  I also used this paper behind the title circle that was versamarked and embossed in black as was the decorative stamped doodles on each side.  Both patterned papers I outlined with black chalk to give it more of a witchy look.  I used black rick rack between the papers and then decided to border everything, which I think helps give the card an extra pop.  The broom is a Jolee sticker enhanced.  It originally had gold for the bristles.  I took those off and found some straw from an old straw coaster, wrapped tape around it to stick and then wrapped straw wire to cover the tape.

Autumn Is In The Air

This was a quick card, under 45 minutes!  Fastest I've ever worked!  I cut out the pumpkins from patterned scrapbook paper for one of the three patterned papers.  I am hoping the embossed brown paper is counted as patterned paper as well.  The title is versamarked and embossed in a brick brown powder.  Brown ribbon is added for some flair.  Even though this was a very quick card, I am liking it!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cinema Saturday Challenge #55


Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #55 - Hocus Pocus Movie

Challenges are geared toward a movie and this week of course, it's a Halloween themed movie. I think Hocus Pocus is one of the better family Halloween movies.  It's funny and scary, but not too scary!  This is my first Halloween card this season and my first Cinema Saturday challenge. I found the colored spider embellishments at Jo Ann Fabrics and thought they were so cute!  I think they are perfect on the webs.  I am very happy with the finished product.

Stamps:  'Spooky' title; spider web, skeletons.

Ink:  Versamark; Moonlight White; amethyst and silver tinsel embossing powder.

Other:  Cardstock and patterned paper from stash.  Plastic colored spider embellishments and colored gem stick-ons. Orange staples.

Have a 'spooky' evening!

"Some men see things as they are and say 'why'? Others dream things that never were and say 'why not'?"
~ George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

PPA13 Anything BUT A Card

Here is my entry for the PPA 13 Anything BUT A Card challenge for this week ---- a small trinket and/or jewelry box. I just made it inside the deadline. WHEW! This little box created a few little problems for me. This was a box to begin with, I just recycled it and gave it a facelift. I am very pleased with the outcome other than the gluing problem it presented in gluing the box back on to the rest of it. Still trying to get the Monkey glue off my fingers! LOL! Anyway, I enjoyed this non-card challenge. It got me thinking about Christmas gifts and other projects other than cards I need to do.


"Imagination is more important than knowledge. "
~ Albert Einstein
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Monday, October 26, 2009

CPS Sketch 138 -Thank You

Thank You 1

I needed to make some thank you cards and wanted to try the CPS Sketch 138 last week. I ran out of time to enter the challenge, but thought I go ahead and post it here.

Thank You 2

A second soccer Thank You. Simple, elegant and to the point. The orange ink represents the color of the soccer team.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Get Sketchy #10 -- Pumpkin Birthday

I cannot believe it's been 10 days since my last post. But, then again, life happens --- end of a soccer season; a husband ending 12 years of coaching rec soccer; a son on crutches with an injured knee with therapy and tests looming in the near future, possibly surgery; unfinished kitchen cabinets in the living room, etc. Several card challenges I intended to do came and went. And in the mean time, my list of cards to make keeps growing. So today, I finally took some time out to recharge myself by making a card for the Get Sketchy Challenge #10.

I'd never made a gate-fold card before and after seeing some of the designer's examples, I decided to give it a try. Let me just say, it must have been the 10-11 days and plethora of things occupying my mind, my creative flow vanished for a bit. It took me forever, it seems, to finish this. Yet, I did have a lot of fun making it and will try a gate-fold again.

I have had the idea for a pumpkin cupcake birthday card for a while now and this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to make it. I share my October birthday with one of my best friends from high school and her twin sister. One of them got this 'birthday mate' card and the other got a different card I have posted.

With the bonus on this challenge being handwritten sentiments and doodling, I took it a bit farther and hand drew the pumpkin cupcake elements, including the face and cupcake liner lines. The only thing not hand drawn was the candle, a Sizzix Sizzlit.

I hand wrote the Happy Birthday sentiment and squiggles inbetween as well as the stitching along the outside of the card just to keep with the stitched theme of the printed paper. I also hand wrote the sentiment inside: 'Birthday Mate, Let's Celebrate'. I'm afraid I am a little rusty at hand doodling, which is a bit embarrassing when my roots of creativity come from drawing and painting. I laced the ribbon behind the cupcake circle die cut and through the inside of the card. Inside, I placed the deep orange cardstock and then glued some deep green cardstock on top of the ribbon.


Cardstock: Chocolate brown, deep orange, deep green.
Printed Paper: Jacks & Lanterns by Stemma of Masterpiece Studios. Striped: Unkown.
Ink Pen: Marvy Memory Series Le Plume, Black.
Embellishments: Lace and orange ribbon glued together.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Birthday Wishes

Color Challenge PPA11

This is my first try at the PPA challenges. I love the color combinations of this challenge. One of the reasons I decided to enter this week. At first I was going to do something for Halloween, but just couldn't come up with anything I really liked. I had these flower dies in my stash and have been wanting to use them and they were the perfect color. The pearls are fake, an old necklace from years ago that broke that I kept to use for something crafty. You never know what you might be able to recycle later on.

Supplies I used:

Plum, olive and a pale pumpkin cardstock; Birthday Wishes stamp; Black ink with pearl lustre amethyst embossing powder from Stampendous!; Cuttelbug Happy Birthday emboss card; Sizzix Texturz 'diagnols'; silk ribbon; old 'fake' pearl necklace.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Baby Girl

Today I decided to switch it up a bit and add a scrapbook page to my blog. Actually, I've been too busy with life to work on my growing list of cards. I decided to look through my scrapbooks and pull out one of my favorite pages to post. However, while looking at them, I realized that my new hobby of cards makes my scrapbook pages seem oh so dull. So, what started as a small task to post a scrapbook page turned in to another long list of improvements to my finished pages. I didn't already have enough to do with a growing list of cards and new pages to create. I need an entire decade devoted just to my crafting!

This page was done a while back, way back, like in 2005. It is one of my favorites because it is of my favorite feline fur person, my late cat, Buttons. After she passed away in 2004, I began a scrapbook of her. One of those many unfinished projects. So much work, so little time. You'd think that life would be just a tad bit more understanding about a girl's priorities! LOL

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Get Sketchy #8 -Pink Pumpkins


Been away from the crafting a few days to capture the sites of fall for my photoblog. I have finally gotten back to the craft table and here is my entry for the Get Sketchy #8 Challenge (Brads) this week. I've been in a 'pink' mood lately since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wanted to use my Stampin Up! ribbon stamp again. I also wanted to incorporate the pink ribbon theme with fall so I went retro, so to speak, and made a pink pumpkin. I think trying to come up with the right color combo for the pink pumpkin was the hardest part of this card.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lavender Elegance

For a special birthday I wanted to do something bright but elegant. So I embossed one half with a birthday embosser and the other half with patterned paper. The die cuts are made out of bright purple, lavender and red cardstock. I played around for awhile with the middle and the ribbons and then wound up using all three. I think the lace adds more elegance and texture. Topping off the elegance and staying in theme with the lace, I used a white silk flower embellishment for the flower center and tiny pearls on the ribbon on the pot. I think the straight alignment of elements gives this card a clean and simple look while also adding to its elegance.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Be Yourself


A red hat card inspired by the Red Hat Society. I thought the title 'Be Yourself' would be very fitting since the Red Hat Society is all about older women celebrating individuality.

Friday, October 2, 2009

You Rock! - - Pink Hope

You Rock Star!

Another card for today. Couldn't resist using the Extreme Guitar stamp from Stampin Up! I wanted to make a card for my oldest son to celebrate him being accepted into the college of his choice this week.

Hope In Pink

A card to start off the month of Breast Cancer Awareness.

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